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It’s a Big February in Ellicottville! Snowsports Dominate Event Roster

by Jann Wiswall

February may be a short month, but there’s no shortage of fun, exciting and exhilarating activities going on in Ellicottville all month long for spectators and participants alike.

This Sunday, Feb. 3, cross-country skiers will take to the Art Roscoe Cross Country Trails at Allegany State Park for the Art Roscoe Loppet Classic XC Ski Race. There are three races: a 6K, 13K and 22K. The 22K starts at 9:30 a.m.; 13K starts at 9:45 a.m., and the 6K starts at 10:00 a.m. Register onsite. For information, visit www.heartrateup.com/artroscoeloppet2313.html. The rain date is Feb. 10.

HoliMont is hosting the ninth annual Phoenix International Adaptive Ski Race on Saturday, Feb. 9. This race for skiers with a range of disabilities is divided into beginner, novice, intermediate and advanced race categories. For more information, call HoliMont at (716) 699-2320.

Then on Monday, Feb. 11, world-class racer Lisa Densmore will be at Holiday Valley to hold the Your Turn Women’s Ski Clinic at 8 a.m. It’s designed for intermediate and advanced level women skiers who want to take their skills to the next level. Pre-registration is advised. Call (716) 699-2345 ext. 4422 for information.

The following weekend is chock full and begins on Friday, Feb. 15 when the Rotary Club of Ellicottville is holding its Rotary Ski Day at HoliMont from 9 a.m. –4:30 p.m. The event is open to everyone; tickets are $60 per person and include a lift ticket and lunch. Lunch-only tickets are available for $20. This is a great way for people to meet Ellicottville’s Rotarians and learn about the organization’s important charitable work in the community.

The exciting weekend continues at Holiday Valley on Saturday, Feb. 16 for the fifth annual Boarding for Breast Cancer fundraiser, cosponsored by The Boardroom. Tons of fun and educational activities are scheduled all day long. Proceeds go to support the efforts of Boarding for Breast Cancer and the Buffalo area’s Women’s Oncology Program at Camp Good Days.

Later, if you’re a member, be sure to bring your dancing shoes to the HoliMont 50th Anniversary Gala on the evening of the 16th, which promises to be the party of the year. Music will be provided by Party Squad Max with Brass and Mo Porter.

FYI, the week of Feb. 16-24 is Winter Recess for the Ellicottville Central School.

Once again, the weekend of Feb. 22-24 has something for everyone, including the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series on the grounds of the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel in nearby Salamanca. The race will be televised on CBS Sports since some 200 of the fastest snowmobile competitors in the world will compete in this high-flying, full-throttle event. Tickets start at $15; kids 6 and under are free.

The Penguin Paddle, the often hilarious and always popular annual fundraiser for Holiday Valley’s Lounsbury Adaptive Program, is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The Penguin races begin at 1:30 p.m. There’s also a live auction, lunch and a raffle.

You also should make time to watch HoliMont’s FLITE Freestyle Ski Team’s Aerial Competition from 10 a.m. on the Feb. 23. The team, made up of 7-16 year olds, performs some jaw-dropping stunts you won’t believe.

Later on the 23rd, HoliMont will be holding the long-awaited Westmont Ridge property auction to sell the first 31 lots of its new development. Registration for the auction begins at 2 p.m. Bidders are required to bring a certified deposit check for $20,000 in order to participate in the bidding. The auction begins at 3 p.m. sharp.  For more information, visit www.cashauction.com.

Then, cap off your Saturday with a Moonlight Snowshoe Tour at the stunning Griffis Sculpture Park in Ashford Hollow from 5-8 p.m. The $50 ticket includes snowshoe rentals, hot chili, the snowshoe tour through the park and live music by Buffalo band Smackdab. Reservations are required. Book early – the event sells out every year. Call Griffis Sculpture Park at (716) 667-2808.

On Sunday the 24th starting at 10 a.m., the FLITE Freestyle Team at HoliMont continues its competition weekend with the Mogul Competition – another amazing show from these talented youngsters.

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